Jun 05

The real reason the dinosaurs went extinct... we ate them! Then moved onto tomatoes.Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Woahhh… yeah that LSD has just kicked in… SECRETARY… take this down. And by secretary I mean you sir, the man in the urinal next to me. A tomato plant… triceratops! What’s that, hand dryer elf? Yes you are right, it wouldn’t be complete unless it was multicoloured!
Published 1980 (also known as ‘A Messiah at the End of Time’)

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.88 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming”

  1. FearofMušic Says:

    Mr. Dinosaur seems to be suffering from h.e.d. Horn erectile dysfunction, don’t ya know? Considering it is a Moorcock cover it is actually pretty low on WTFness. Rocketships and party painted dino, Mr. Moorcock probably saw this and said,”What, that’s it? Really?”

  2. Phil Says:

    Why Miss Ming, you seem to have transformed into a particolored triceratops.

    (I learned the word “particolored” from GSS, where it has previously been applied to a unicorn: )

  3. DaveM Says:

    So is the transformed “Miss Mavis Ming” the droopy dinosaur or the tentacled tree? Or maybe, Both! (Dun Dun Duhh!)

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    How dinosaurs dress up for Halloween.

  5. Tom Hering Says:

    “A poet of science fiction.” As evidence of his standing we have alliteration: Michael Moorcock, The TransforMation of Miss Mavis Ming. Maybe many more ems might magnify Mr. Moorcock’s multiple em mastery. Then Mr. Moorcock would truly have … eminence!

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Triceratops by Arcimboldo—

  7. FearofMuşıç Says:

    Actually, the quote from The Sunday Times was meant for “Filthy Limericks About Naked Alien Chicks” by Reginald Bogscrotum. The copy artist made an honest and understandable mistake.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz — also, rocketship by Arcimboldo.

  9. Phil Says:

    Because the photo is a bit blurry, I read the author as Michael Oorcock. I am wondering why there’s a huge star above the end of his surname – and expected to see a footnote at the bottom.

    And old Triceratopsy there has an awfully drippy beak.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    @Phil, I am imagining that, before the transformation, Miss Ming looked like Ethel Merman.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FearofMusic 7—you mean, this sort of limerick?

    A Poet of Science Fiction
    Had a good time with his diction,
    But could not stem the wrath
    Of the Babe from Sarnath
    For his tiny tool produced no friction.

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    Tom @5: the ‘M’ of ‘Moorcock’ is pretty well camoflaged. In fact, the author’s name looks rather like ‘Michael Oorcock’.

  13. FearofMusic Says:

    @B.Chiclitz #11. Mr. Bogscrotum had best watch himself. A challenger to his title has entered the fray.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    Transformational Miss Mavis Ming
    Said the dinosaur wasn’t her thing
    She claimed, causing shock
    That she needed Moorcock
    To add to her sex life some Ting!

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer 14—


  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz — 🙂

  17. FearofLimericks Says:

    @Bibliomancer re.#14

    Bravo, sir. Bravo indeed.

  18. Smith Says:

    This is an okay cover. You’re reaching now, just like you do when you pick on the Hugh Cook covers. For shame, sir,

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    MICHAEL OORCOCK (1948 – 2000) was a lesser-known Dutch writer. He gained a small but devout cult following in the Netherlands with his novels Behooldje Thieje Maaan and Thije Finaalje Prograam.

    He was more known to the public as a member of the Dutch rock group Haawkvind.

  20. Rags Says:

    Now where is that center text option?


    (cntrl-X), crap. Ahh forget it, nobody will notice anyhow.

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t call a day-glo orange spray paint job a transformation, Mavis. It’s a pity Trinny and Susannah sank without trace.

  22. Bokrug the Beleagured Says:

    Reptiles here,
    Dinos there,
    Bokrugs’ kin are everywhere.

    Sarnath woman is mine! No poet can please a woman who hasstroked the scaly beast.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @A.R.Yngve 17—RE: Michael Oorcock . . . .
    “Michael” is actually the name of a well-known Eunuch and member of a Dutch Underground Rock Group, “de castraten.” When the full name is posed as a question to the Transformational Miss Ming, it all sort of makes sense.

  24. Jaouad Says:

    In fact, an ‘oorcock’ is a kitchen hand in Dutch restaurants: he’s the guy who cooks ears.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Since this is a family-friendly blog, I shudder to reveal that “Oorcock” was also the title of Paul Verhoeven’s first short film (which had him thrown out of film school)…

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So is Miss Ming a dinosaur and is turning into a squash; or was she a squash and got turned into a dinosaur?

  27. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    And then Miss Ming sued the beauty spa into oblivion, living out the rest of her unpleasantly scaly days in seclusion, in a mansion she bought with part of the settlement. Rumor has it she’d have hung herself within the first year if her new self had had fingers with which to tie the knots.

    The Moral of the Story: Avoid total makeovers. If they actually make you over totally, odds are you’ll hate the results.

  28. Ben Says:

    Having actually read this book, I can tell you that the multicoloured triceratops is made of flavoured jelly as part of a party ensemble by one of the minor characters, the party forming a backdrop to the titular transformation…

  29. Anna T. Says:

    Clearly this unfortunate triceratops was ambushed by a gang of dinosaur painters. It is rude and demeaning to these creatures to make them look ridiculous by painting them ridiculous colours. Shame on you.

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